Futurelooks checks out INTEL`s latest and greatest and attempts to make sense of it all ... *Intel?s NEW X79 LGA2011 Socket Platform and Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E Processor Reviewed* It?s the ?Year of the Tock? when Intel launches a revision of their latest processor architecture which is named Sandy Bridge. Instead of an all new name, it?s simply being called Sandy Bridge-E. The most obvious changes visible to the consumer eye is the addition of a fourth integrated memory channel, new supporting X79 Chipset and higher pin count LGA2011 socket. Naturally, this means you?ll need a new X79 motherboard to support Sandy Bridge-E in addition to a new processor. But does that mean you?re also going to need a whole new CPU cooler or all new specific quad channel memory too? All very good questions we?d like to answer for you as well as uncovering any extra benefits that this new platform has in store for us. * * *"
Any major computer upgrade generally requires a full software reinstall too. No so if you heed the advice in the guide to Upgrading a Motherboard without Reinstalling. PCSTATS Tips